September 21, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
Thank you for all the great feedback about the pictures I took of Queen Elizabeth in the ship Yard at Monefalcone, Italy. I agree with all your comments that it really is amazing to see her coming together so quickly and to watch the precision of the work undertaken. I know many of you are eagerly waiting more news about the naming which will take place in October next year. As I mentioned in a previous Blog, this is something that probably won’t be announced until much closer to the time and I’m afraid I don’t have any clues to give you at the moment. As with Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, we probably won’t have anything confirmed until about three months before the actual event. Of course along with any other Cunard news I can assure everyone, I’ll let you know as soon as I can on this Blog.
A few of you have also been asking about the comparisons between Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. They will be sister ships and will have similar configurations but Queen Elizabeth will possess her own individual style and personality, reflected in her unique design and features, and her on board activities. Queen Elizabeth will be the same length at 964.5 feet (294.0 metres) and have the same beam of 106 feet (32.25 metres), which means she too will be able to transit the Panama Canal. Due to a slightly different stateroom configuration at the aft of Queen Elizabeth, she will be very slightly larger than her sister, making her the second largest Cunarder ever built.
Cunard are inviting all budding artists to design a sculpture for Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Arcade. For full details on how to enter this competition visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/6189230/Create-art-for-a-Cunard-liner….html The winner will receive a voyage during Queen Elizabeth’s maiden season.
Just one more question to answer before the Video Blog regarding the number of Captain’s that will serve on a ship per year. This can vary according to each individual Captain’s contract length, but typically, there will tend to be one resident Captain on a ship, who will be on board for about six to eight months a year and a relief Captain who will cover the resident Captain’s leave period.
I’m glad you enjoyed the unique video footage of Queen Victoria’s in Venice, and particularly special for those guests who were on board that stunning day. So, as promised here’s the first of two Video Blogs from my visit to Queen Elizabeth:
As I mentioned in my previous Blog, it was a great day and I’d like to thank again Simona, Luca and Carlo at the Fincantieri yard who gave up their valuable time to show us around. I’d also like to thank our cameraman, Andrew, who got such great shots. Mind you it was his idea to ask permission to get us 200 feet in the air to take film and photos from the top of the crane, and you can see those pictures and video on Thursday’s Blog!
Meanwhile as Queen Mary 2 enjoys a voyage in the Mediterranean, Queen Victoria is currently crossing the Atlantic, on our maiden Canada and New England Voyage, so I look forward to bringing you plenty of pictures from there along with more news around the fleet very soon. Cheers for now – Alastair